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Insights from New Relic's FutureStack Conference

By Neil Mansilla on .

At New Relic’s FutureStack conference, Runscope was on the ground as a partner, sponsor and exhibitor. Over one thousand attendees came to Fort Mason in San Francisco to learn about New Relic’s application performance monitoring (APM) and other partner solutions. Runscope had product and engineering team members available to talk shop about API testing, monitoring and engage in friendly games of 4-player Mario Kart. What did we learn after two days of non-stop conversations with developers, hundreds of Runscope live demos and countless laps around Mario Kart Stadium?

Developers prefer simplicity: assertions with no coding required

A Runscope feature that developers loved was being able to define test assertions without programming. The most common assertion criteria (i.e. response code, JSON and XML object key values, response size, response time, etc.) and comparison operators can be configured through an intuitive user interface. Scripted (JavaScript) assertions are also available for those that require more advanced logic in their tests.

Developers love webhooks

Part of our live demo included the integration with New Relic’s analytics and dashboard tool, Insights. With just two input fields and a click, test data is instantly synced with Insights. By far, the most common followup questions asked were, “What data is being sent to Insights?” and “Can I send the data to our internal data warehouse?” The answers: everything and yes, respectively.

Runscope makes it a snap to integrate with other services like New Relic Insights, PagerDuty, Keen IO, Slack and HipChat; however, pumping Runscope Radar test data into any of your apps can be done using webhooks and the Runscope API. All of the important test result data, such as assertion status, response time (ms), response size (bytes) and more, is included in both webhooks and the API.

Kids just aren’t just coding, they’re keynoting

Sporting Google Glass, 12 year old developer Alannah Forster was happy to talk to anyone about her coding skills and projects as she strolled around FutureStack. She even gave us some tips on how to hack on the fancy WiFi conference badges. On day two, she was up on the keynote stage with New Relic CEO, Lew Cirne. Meanwhile, back at the Runscope lounge, 14 year old developer and hackathon veteran David Tesler cleverly customized his title on his digital lanyard.

Overall, we had a great time at FutureStack connecting with hundreds of developers and the next generation of coders. If you’re a New Relic user and want integrate Runscope with Insights, click here to learn how.

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